[Spellyans] Goat

Craig Weatherhill craig at agantavas.org
Mon Apr 6 09:58:19 IST 2009


The word also features in place names.

Halgavor Moor - Halgaverdoune 1397, Halgaver 1447
Polgaver Beach (no historical forms available)
Croft Gaver (field name 1696)

plural
Geevor Mine - While an Giver, Wheal Gever 1716; Wheal Geevor 1892

Oliver Padel suggests that a word *gavran, 'kid', perhaps as a stream  
name, might involved with the place-names Portgaverne and Tregaverne  
(Tregaveren 1284).

Craig


On 6 Ebr 2009, at 08:35, Jon Mills wrote:

> This item is also found in Beunans Meriasek:
> "pen bogh ha gaver pelys" 'A billy-goat's head and a skinned nanny- 
> goat.' [Ton 1504: 3418]
> Jon
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "nicholas williams"
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> Subject: Re: [Spellyans] Goat
> Date: Sat, 4 Apr 2009 15:58:47 +0100
>
> ‘Goat’
> The only attestations I can find are:
>
> Gavar ‘Capra [nanny goat]’ AB: 46b, 291b
> Gavar, A goat, Gever [pl.] AB: 243a
> Gever, Gever ul [pl.] Nicholas Boson [ul = oll]
> ley, oghan, devas, ha gyffras [pl.] TH 27a
>
> The dialect word gayver means ‘sea crayfish’ < *gavar mor.
>
> On 4 Apr 2009, at 15:40, Michael Everson wrote:
>
>> gavar, pl gever, gyfras
>
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